STAFF MEMBERS


Debolina Banerjee
Climate Justice Policy Analyst

debolina@pugetsoundsage.org
(206) 568-5000 ext. 18

Debolina is a Climate Justice Policy Analyst at Puget Sound Sage. Her responsibilities include research-based analysis of climate policies, campaign support on climate justice issues, and building power within Sage’s local and statewide climate coalitions.

She has research experience in transit-oriented development, the environmental impacts of unorganized industries and project management for real estate development. In addition, Debolina has extensive experience working with grassroots activists and marginalized communities in India organizing for social justice around food, sustainable agriculture, clean environment, community development and women’s empowerment.

Before joining Puget Sound Sage, Debolina was with InterIm CDA researching the impact of the receding affordable housing stock and increasing risk of displacement faced by the immigrant and refugee communities of Seattle’s International District. She holds a Master's degree in Applied Environmental Studies in Planning from the University of Waterloo and a Master’s Degree in City Planning from the Indian Institute of Technology.

Howard Greenwich
Senior Policy Advisor

howard@pugetsoundsage.org
(206) 568-5000 ext. 12

Howard is the Senior Policy Advisor at Puget Sound Sage. Approaching his tenth year at the organization, he is responsible for providing analysis, strategy and support to Sage’s program staff on policy campaigns. While at Sage, he has authored of over a dozen reports and briefs on economic inequality, land use, affordable housing, and labor policy.

Before joining Sage in 2007, he served as the Research Director at the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) for eight years. While at EBASE, he helped pass many local policies that raised employment standards, including the groundbreaking Berkeley and Emeryville living wage ordinances. From 1992 to 1997, he provided research and policy analysis for the Neighborhood Capital Budget Group in Chicago, a community-based organization that secured hundreds of millions in public investment in locally-determined, neighborhood infrastructure.

Howard holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College, and a Certificate in Commercial Real Estate from the University of Washington.

Myani Guetta-Gilbert
Coalition Organizer

myani@pugetsoundsage.org
(206) 568-5000 x16

Myani is the Coalition Organizer at Puget Sound Sage. She leads Sage's SouthCORE coalition and Community Leadership Institute. Myani also organizes for climate justice, partnering with Got Green to lead coalition work with local partners. 

Before joining Puget Sound Sage, Myani worked in school-based communities in South Seattle, organizing family outreach and serving children through in-school and after-school programming. She has also worked in collaboration with community organizers in Kenya to develop workshops for HIV discordant families pursuing small business. Myani also spent time learning from and organizing alongside trafficking survivors and advocates in the Philippines, contributing to anti-trafficking research for the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, and the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. 

Myani holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Vermont and a Master of Social Work (MSW) specializing in Community Centered Integrative Practice from the University of Washington. She is passionate about organizing with anti-racist feminist collectives and teaching young people about the strength of women and other marginalized gender identities.   

Yolanda Matthews
Coalition Organizer, IEJC

yolanda@pugetsoundsage.org
(206) 568-5000 ext. 13

Yolanda is the Coalition Organizer of the Interfaith Economic Justice Coalition with Puget Sound Sage. She is responsible for coordinating interfaith support of worker organizing through Sage’s Interfaith Economic Justice Coalition (IEJC).

A native Bostonian who moved to Seattle six years ago, Yolanda is a Rainier Valley Corps fellow (2017-2019). She brings four years of experience with Got Green through their Young Leaders Program, and more recently as a member of the Food Access Team and their Board of Directors.

Ngam Nguyen
Development Director

ngam@pugetsoundsage.org
(206) 568-5000 ext. 25

Ngam is the Development Director at Puget Sound Sage. Ngam oversees the Development Department and provides overall strategic communications counsel to the organization.

Prior to joining Sage, Ngam worked in development for the Washington Bus, a nonprofit organization that engages young people in politics. She also previously served as Executive Account Assistant at GMMB, a strategic communications agency, where she helped execute large-scale initiatives that are ambitious in scope, particularly in the areas of maternal, newborn and child health, nutrition and malaria in Vietnam and Africa.

Ngam holds a Bachelor’s degree in Digital Journalism from Seattle University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington.

Giulia Pasciuto
Policy & Research Analyst

giulia@pugetsoundsage.org
(206) 568-5000 ext. 17

Giulia Pasciuto is a Policy & Research Analyst at Puget Sound Sage. She provides strategic research and crafts policy solutions for Sage’s equitable transit-oriented development, affordable housing, and land-use campaigns.

Before joining Sage, Giulia was a housing planner with the Puget Sound Regional Council and policy associate with T.R.U.S.T. South LA, a community driven land trust working to build community control over land to ensure affordable, healthy housing opportunities and related community-serving uses.

Giulia has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA. She loves building community through food and around Seattle.

Kimberly Powe
Interim Executive Director

kim@pugetsoundsage.org
(206) 568-5000 ext. 11

Kim is the Interim Executive Director at Puget Sound Sage. Kim has a true love of people and is a passionate champion for justice. She knows that success is not a zero sum game and that true sustainability is not achieved when it is at the expense of others. She has a passion for working where sustainability and economic development intersect, which is often where people of color and low-wage communities converge.

Kim brings 18 years of experience in public service and grassroots developments spanning youth and adult economic development, racial equity, sustainability and climate justice, food justice, health equity, affordable housing, restorative justice and international development. Most recently, Kim served as the Director Social Equity and Inclusion for a local environmental organization and as the Director of Sustainability for Multnomah County.

Kim holds a Master’s in Business Administration in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (now Presidio Graduate School) in Seattle, a Master’s of Urban Studies, Community Development, from Portland State University, and two bachelor’s degrees from Georgetown University. Kim has had the privilege to be Larry and Lynn Powe's daughter, live on four continents, marry a wonderful partner and have a daily teacher in her daughter.

Kristen Wendt
Development & Finance Manager

kristen@pugetsoundsage.org
(206) 568-5000 ext. 14

Kristen is the Development & Finance Manager at Puget Sound Sage. She is responsible for building Sage’s individual donor base, leading and support on all fundraising events, creating donor communications, as well as providing research and database support. In addition, she leads Sage’s financial management systems and processes.

Originally from the East Coast, Kristen first became engaged with Puget Sage Sage as a Communication & Outreach Coordinator during a yearlong fellowship with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest. Prior to working at Sage, Kristen worked as the Communications Coordinator for Wentronix, as well as a featured writer and program & research intern with the SISGI Group, a consulting and non-profit organization.

Kristen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Villanova University, with minors in Sociology and Psychology.

Linda Gasparovic
Justice Fellow

linda@pugetsoundsage.org
(206) 568-5000 ext. 24

Linda is the Development & Communications Justice Fellow at Puget Sound Sage. She connected with Sage's work through the Justice Leadership Jubilee program, a ten-month fellowship for adults which integrates faith and justice work.

Prior to joining Sage, Linda worked 20+ years as an art and creative director in direct marketing before returning to school to complete a Masters of Divinity. Growing up in a working class Croatian community with a disabled sister, Linda brings a passion for all who are affected by economic injustice, and hopes to use her experience as a student of the Ecumenical Institute in Geneva to help increase understanding between diverse communities, including communities of faith. For more than 15 years, Linda has actively engaged with religious communities to participate in local events such as Seattle Pride, Street Praise (an ecumenical evangelical music festival) and Junteenth celebrations.

Linda holds a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art from Southern University in Edwardsville, a Complimentary Certificate in Ecumenical Studies from the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey, and a Masters of Divinity from Seattle University. As an artist and faith leader, Linda sees the value of touching hearts through the arts, and is looking forward to exploring ways to supplement organizing with less verbal means that can serve to connect us.